As you know if you read this blog, I will be taking a “career break” starting in February to travel the U.S. and Canada volunteering and exploring (and of course writing about it here). My last day of work at my current position is set for Friday, January 21, 2011.
Today, my position was posted on the Arlington County jobs page. There will be a 2 week recruitment period, unfortunately it is taking place right during the holidays, closing on December 30th. With this challenge in mind, I want to make sure the position gets publicized as widely as possible.
My experience with this position
This is a unique position, working within a volunteer center that is within local government. Arlington County Government is a great place to work, with lots of benefits (lunch time fitness classes, great health & dental, discounts on County facilities & programs, etc). Although Arlington County Government (ACG) is a large organization, Volunteer Arlington is small, with only three full time staff. This allowed me to work on a variety of different projects and be a project lead even as a specialist. Also, being part of a department and a larger County structure can offer opportunities to work on big picture projects. There is a lot of support for learning and developing relationships with community partners. In addition, for the last two years, Volunteer Arlington has been very involved in using Social Media for recruiting volunteers. Managing the social media presence for Volunteer Arlington will be one of the responsibilities of the position.